What’s Happening In Singapore: November 2017

A guide to this month's events, concerts, plays, exhibitions and festivals

Open Farm Community's Paris Popup "Kampong French"

Open Farm Community’s Paris Popup “Kampong French”

From the country’s biggest film festival to a series of worldclass stage extravaganzas, November is going all out with the festivities to put you in high spirits. So before you head off for the holidays, get a head start on having fun with this month’s must-see and must-do happenings around town.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

7-26 November
How apt would it be to sing “My Favourite Things” in Marina Bay Sands? Catch the legendary broadway musical, The Sound of Music, which will have you singing along to the classic story of family love, acceptance and patriotism that remains resilient through it all. At the MasterCard Theatres


“KAMPONG FRENCH” REVOLUTION BY PARIS POPUP

13 November-3 December
This three-week restaurant take over at Open Farm Community welcomes award-winning culinary collective, Paris Popup’s “Kampong French”. Expect an all-day dining menu of 12 contemporary French small and sharing plates made with ingredients sourced from farms in and around Singapore, paired with a curation of natural wines—part of OFC’s movement to offering an entirely natural wine list in the near future. For reservations, please email enquiries@ofcsingapore.com.sg or call +65 6471 0306


CENTURY OF LIGHT

16 November onwards
Feast your eyes on some of the world’s rare and rarefied artworks from the 19th century, some never shown in the region before, at Century of Light: Masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Raden Saleh, Juan Luna and more. At National Gallery


AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

17-19 November
Since coming to town in 2010, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore has burgeoned into a well-known hunting ground and springboard for art buyers and bright, budding artists respectively. AAF allows anyone to hone their artful eye and become a collector, what with 75 per cent of works priced under SGD7,500, and new additions to the fair include a #Spotlight showcase of artists who have never shown at the fair before, a new Creative Hub, and a virtual reality experience to raise funds for charity. The three-day extravaganza starting 17 November will be held at the F1 Pit Building with over 70 galleries and works by 500 established and emerging artists on display. And be sure to visit the Harper’s BAZAAR booth on level two—we have works by our young BAZAAR Art Prize winners on show. P.S. If you’re coming with kids, head on up to the Children’s Studio for some fun, art-filled activities (and BAZAAR Junior magazines) as well. Tickets at affordableartfair.com/Singapore


SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

23 Nov-3 Dec
All eyes of the region’s film industry are on our little red dot as the 28th Singapore Film Festival showcases 112 motion pictures this month. On now, the film extravaganza casts a spotlight on Asian productions, zooming in on the evolution of cinematography, filmmakers and unconventional ways of storytelling—Dragonfly Eyes by Chinese director Xu Bing is a melodramatic story edited down from 10,000 hours of actual surveillance videos. In conjunction with SGIFF till 17 December, the ArtScience Museum is presenting Specters and Tourists, a moving image exhibition by Japanese movie maker and artist, Daisuke Miyazaki. The first of the two-part film installation, Specters weaves pieces from Miyazaki’s previous creations into a spectacle of isolation, anxiety and monotony of urban life, while the latter, Tourists, reveals a temporary freedom shot in Singapore, where travellers lose all internet connectivity only to find themselves interesting new encounters in uncovered places. sgiff.com

Created by Japanese filmmaker @daisukemiyazaki0116 , Specters and Tourists is a multidisciplinary exhibition that brings together a luminous experience: Isolation and anxiety of modern suburban life manifests in 'Specters', where scenes from footage of Daisuke Miyazaki's previous films are weaved into a multiple-screen spectacle of people trapped like ghosts, or spectres, as they oscillate repeatedly between life and death, human and animal forms, and feelings of equality and seclusion. In his film, Tourists, explore the temporary freedoms of an unpredictable day without Google Maps. After winning a lottery ticket to travel abroad, two friends (Nina Endo, Sumire) arrive in a cosmopolitian city much like their home country, but find themselves displaced in the short time difference and its unfamiliar monuments. #MBSxSGIFF #SGIFF2017 #thefutureis #ArtScienceMuseum

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SHILLA BEAUTY CONCERT

24 November
To mark the opening of the new Shilla Duty Free store at Changi Airport terminal 4, the two companies are throwing a one-night only Shilla Beauty Concert, featuring Korean pop sensations SHINee and Red Velvet. At Suntec Convention Centre


MAMA WHITE SNAKE

24 November-16 December
Mama White Snake follows a sheltered boy’s journey of leaving home to join a martial arts school, only to discover his protective mother and aunt are the magical White and Green Snake of legend, and finds himself in the middle of ancient rivalries that only true love can conquer. At Drama Centre Theatre


DISCIPLINE THE CITY PUNK EXHIBITION

Till 26 November
In a world full of high walls, shiny public spaces and exclusive societies, where do the “excluded” go? Who has the right to the city? These are just some of the questions The Substation’s latest exhibition, Discipline The City, aims to address. Call it youth rebellion or an urban revolt, the punk movement has gone on for decades and for the first time locally, is given a platform and free rein to voice out their diverse and differentiating views. Punk leaders and artists have come together to create a web of misaligned spaces, from a defunct museum representing failed channels of expression, and a disorienting all-white room; to trapdoors that lead into a pitch black basement that can be viewed as both a hideaway or dungeon.]


SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL

3-12 November
The Singapore Writers Festival rings in its 20th edition with the theme “Aram”, which means “goodness” in Tamil. The festival will feature programmes led by renowned names in both the
local and international literature community; including author dialogues, literary tours and book launches. At The Arts House

“We are exposed to media regimes that we don't normally expose our worst enemies to.” • “The world has been the way it has always been – large, complicated and messed up. We are just puny individuals. When has that ever been different? There are always excuses for us to despair. It’s important to remember that we are not being asked by the universe to redeem it, to be messiahs… Just to leave the world slightly better than how we came in.” • “Community work is excellent for resilience. … Resilience is a long muscle. It takes a lot of work to build resilience.” • “I’m not good at teaching people to whom the knowledge is instrumental. … I’m good at teaching people to whom the knowledge is a burden. … For every student – I’m trying to make you more critical than you were before when you walk out of my class. That’s all.” • “You cannot apply logic to someone’s closely held fantasy. No matter what you argue, facts can’t awaken fantasy.” • “Do people of colour not have white supremacist tendencies? The conversation needs to start at home… y’know even when we say things like this person looks mixed, or what race this person is… you need to stop sounding like Hitler.” • “Art is by its nature not instrumental… The relationship between the artist and the art is often very quantum. Art will do what art will do. But being an artist doesn’t excuse you from doing your civic labour. Your art is not your civic labour.” • “Writers don’t need further encouragement. Don’t get me wrong – nobody will argue that the existence of writers are threatened… I will tell you what is threatened – and that is readers. Readers are what is crucial to the industry now. One must read.” • Junot Diaz, [Hope and Resistance in an Age of Dystopia] • #sgwritersfest #swf2017 #swfaram #swfinsider #swfstage #swflecture #junotdiaz

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